The Canadian Charter of Rights of Freedoms is really unique to us Canadians and anyone who sets foot on Canada. The Charter is part of the Canadian Constitution, the Constitution is a set of laws containing the rules that revolve around how our country operates. Our rights and freedoms reflect our nation’s dedication to human rights and everyone’s quality of life. This is what makes Canada one of the best places to live in the world.
The Charter serves as a tool to use when we think our basic rights and freedoms are being violated. Out of the many rights and freedoms we have, I believe some of the more “important” points (remember all of the rights and freedoms in the Charter are really important and plays a big role in our daily lives) in the Charter of Rights are Fundamental Rights, Equality Rights, and Mobility Rights. I believe this because the rights that I just pointed out, play a very fundamental role in my quality of life.
Out of the three rights I pointed out, I believe Equality Rights would be the most important out of all of them. Throughout Canadian history we can not say that everyone was treated in a fair manner, as that would not be considered true, however as a nation we have been working towards having everyone regardless of race, religion, colour, sex, age or values. Equality Rights can be defined as: “Every individual being equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.” – Constitution Act, 1982.
Another really important right that protects us all is Fundamental Rights. These rights are made to ensure that all Canadians are free to create and to express their ideas, gather to discuss them and communicate them to other people. Fundamental Rights can be defined as: “The freedom of conscience and religion; freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression including freedom of the press and other media; freedom of peaceful assembly; and freedom of association.” – Highlights from the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom. Personally I am religious, so this right affects me, my church friends and my parents very much. This right protects me and other people from being punished regarding our religious beliefs.We are free to hold peaceful religious assemblies, believe what we want without any discrimination from anyone.